From Central Valley of California. Just getting my feet wet as it comes to smoking. Bought a starter smoker at Wal Mart, Charbroil offset. Found a youtube video of a gentelman with a similar smoker and saw some of the modifications he did to his. Some of which I will attempt to adopt so long as it does not require welding. My wife and 5 daughters have enjoyed the tri tip and baby back ribs I have smoked in the past on a hand me down from my father in law. Going to try and improve upon that. Y'all have a great weekend.